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Ilocos Sur cities, towns under MECQ

24-hour checkpoints are set up along the province’s boundaries in a bid to curb the spread of the deadly disease




VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur — The provincial government here announced on Thursday that it has placed 11 towns and two cities under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) following a spike in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the province.

In a statement, Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson said that he had issued Executive Order 28, placing Vigan and Candon cities and the towns of Sinait, Cabugao, Bantay, Narvacan, Santa, Sta. Maria, San Esteban,Sta. Lucia, Suyo, Tagudin and Cervantes under MECQ starting 7 to 21 April.

He added that the number of active in the provinces is now at 345.

“The number of infected in two weeks times has almost trippled so I called on all mayors for emergency meeting despite the Holy Week to discuss this problem and we decided to impose this MECQ,” Singson said.

The MECQ is the transition phase between the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and general community quarantine (GCQ) where stringent limits on movement and transportation of people, strict regulation of operating industries, provision of food and essential services and heightened presence of uniformed personnel to enforce community quarantine protocols are relaxed.

The Ilocos Sur governor also ordered 24-hour checkpoints to be set up along the province’s boundaries and stressed that all local government units (LGU) in the provinces under MECQ will also put up their own checkpoints but not along national and provincial highways.

Inbound and outbound travels are also regulated by the LGU.

Singson added that only hotels or accommodation establishments with valid Department of Tourism (DoT) accreditation will be allowed to accommodate guests and clients for legitimate purpose under the state of public health emergency.

“The operations of such hotels and accommodation establishments as well as ancillary establishments within their premises such as restaurants, cafes, gyms, spas, function halls and the like shall be subject to guidelines issued by DoT and the IATF,” Singson said.